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2018 B.Leighton Gratitude GSM Blend

In stock
$45.00
Also Available in 1.5L Magnum Bottles
A classy dark bottle with dark wine inside. A black capsule on top and a brown label with black text.

Tasting Notes by Winemaker Brennon Leighton

“If you’re looking for something to be thankful for, look no further... Here it is in a glass. Rushing at you with black plum, white pepper, spring flowers, cured meats and baked clay, and inviting you again with blood orange, grilled thyme, nutmeg and sage. So wonderful and enjoyable that you must invite a friend to partake.”

Vintage Notes

The 2018 vintage was incredible! This outstanding vintage began mild followed by a long and dry ripening season in the fall. This enabled us to hang the fruit to reach optimal ripeness without losing acidity or increasing sugars. The wines from 2018 are exceptional in many ways, from the great expression of the whites to the beautiful refinement and complexity of the reds. Enjoy!

Winemaking

Varietal Breakdown: 70% Mourvédre, 25% Grenache, 5% Syrah (co-fermented)
Appellation: Yakima Valley
Vineyard(s): Olsen Brothers Vineyard (100%)
Production: 1.4 tons per acre | Native yeast | 100% whole cluster pressed | 31 days on skins | 100% neutral French oak puncheons | 20 months barrel-aged on lees
Wine Analysis: 5.3 g/L titratable acidity | 3.91 pH | 14.5% alcohol | No residual sugar

Current & Past Scores

96 Points – Jeb Dunnuck (v2017)

“...Gratitude ranks with the finest Mourvèdres to come from the state. Awesome notes of black raspberry liqueur, incense, ground pepper, and forest floor give way to a medium to full-bodied, ripe, powerful yet weightless 2017 that does everything right. It’s already just about impossible to resist, yet my money is on it evolving for a solid decade.”

94 Points – James Suckling (v2017)

“...smooth, silky texture that is captivating and beautiful with crushed berries, such as raspberries. Stone and tea-leaf undertones. It’s full-bodied, yet polished and creamy-textured. Spicy aftertaste with cloves and black pepper. Drink now or hold.”

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